Huronia Museum – Looking Back 60 Years in North Simcoe – A pictorial review of the last two weeks of September and the first two of October, 1961.

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Percherons, owned by Bert Lackie and son of Jarratt, rated as one of the best teams in the county, continued to win honours at Midland fair. 

    Midland fair set a record in attendance last week when more than 11,000 persons passed through the gates. A 27 per cent increase was noted in paid admissions.  This information was revealed yesterday by Jack Blackburn, secretary-treasurer of the Tiny and Tay Agricultural Society, sponsors of the fair. “There was a record turn-out for the fair and gate collections surpassed any other year that has been  recorded.” Mr. Blackburn stated. 

Big hit during the evening show at Midland Fall Fair Saturday night was Yvonne Cruise, shown above getting her first prize money from master of ceremonies Bruce Armstrong. She won the step dancing competition. 

They’re still “keeping them down on the farm” around Elmvale, judging by this fine-looking group of young people taking part in the 4-H Calf Club achievement day at Elmvale fair last week. “And that’s only half the club members”, pointed out Keith Clay, North Simcoe assistant agrep. Nearest the camera, at right is Doug Lambie, R.R. 1, Wyevale, champion dairy showman, and next to him is Don Beardsall, R.R. 3, Elmvale, the reserve champion. Calf clubs in North Simcoe boast an increase in membership this year and “the parents are also taking a great deal more interest,” said Mr. Clay. 

 P. B. Rynard, M.P. for Simcoe East, is shown chatting to children on the Wyevale School float, entered in Elmvale fall fair parade last week. The float depicted Huronia “As Champlain saw it.” That’s “Samuel de” standing at left on the float. 

Grand championship showman was the title won by David Jones (left) as Vasey 4-H Calf Club held its achievement day at Midland fair last Friday. Also figuring prominently in the prize list were Madeline Stewart and Blayne Edwards. 

Horses are always one of the big attractions at fall fairs. This group was exhibited at Midland. Sonja Beatty (center) won top honours in the lady riders’ event over Mrs. Ralph Adamson (left) and Mrs. Al MacMillan, who are sisters. 

It’s “all hail the champs” this week at Midland-Penetang District High School. At Barrie Central Collegiate Saturday, the school won not one, but two, trophies for their prowess in track and field. For the boys, it was their 12th win in the 41-year history of the Tudhope Cup competition, plus a tie last year with Orillia DC and VI. Not to be outdone, the girls brought back home the Thompson Trophy, donated by the late H. J. Thompson of Midland and first competed for in 1947. It was the fourth time the girls had won the trophy, and the first since 1951. 

Among the top point-getters for MPDHS in the Tudhope Cup track and field meet in Barrie Saturday were the lads above. Left to right are; Bill Binkley, Max Morden, Ron Moreau, John Dion, Randy Jones and Bob Weckman. 

These four girls played big parts in MPDHS’ winning of the Thompson Trophy at the track and field meet in Barrie Saturday. Left to right are; Lynda Duggan, Joan Daniells, Joanne Kettle and Nancy Higgs. 

Team captain Bill Binkley (left) and coach Perrie Rintoul hold the coveted Tudhope Cup, won by MPDHS this year for the first time since 1952 and the 12th time in the 41-year history of the event. 

Brooklea Golf and Country Club held its annual field day recently and some of the main winners are seen above. Left to right are Les Scott, lone member to score a hole-in-one this year. Bill Howard, low net on field day, and Adam Staruck, with the club championship trophy. Art Ambeau, winner of low gross prize on field day was not present. 

Brooklea Golf and Country Club held its annual field day recently and some of the main winners are seen above.  Winners in the ladies’ section were Mrs. Herman Livingston, low gross 2nd flight, Mrs. Bill Howard, low net 1st flight, June Hansford, low gross late flight, and Annette DesRoches, low net 2nd flight. 

 

It was a lot of ‘Allemande lefts’- at Midland fair evening show last Saturday night as a number of square dancing combinations vied for cash prizes. Two tender-aged groups seen above are from Vasey and Waverley. 

This huge tractor, on exhibit at Tiny and Tay fair, provided a fine perch for Debbie Knapp. She could see everything going on in the adjoining show ring. Debbie is the five-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ed Knapp, Sunnyside. 

Hydro helicopter is shown here as it took off Wednesday from the pole yard in Penetang with one of about twenty poles air-lifted to |Bone Island, north of Beausoleil. Poles were dropped into waiting holes, in an experimental project. 

New student’s council for St. Theresa’s High School, Midland, has been named for the coming school year. Left to right are, front row, Donna Contois, Bob McLaughlin, president, Lynne Thayer, secretary – treasurer; back row, John Bourrie, Geraldine Borsa, Loreen Doherty, Elaine Dorion, Erna Vrhovnik and Brian Berriault. 

Really getting up in the world is John Cardwell of Midland’s Regent Public School, as he tries out ancient “Penny-Farthing” bike at Huronia Museum. Making sure Johnny doesn’t fall through one of the glass show cases are James Robinson, former Parkview School principal who has been lecturing at the museum this year, and schoolmate Charlie Dyer. 

Look maw, we won! – It’s all ours say MPDHS lovelies Susanne Ball, (left) and Birgit Brinkmann, as they grasp the Thompson Trophy won by the MPDHS girls’ team at the big track and field meet in Barrie Saturday. It was the first Thompson Trophy win for the girls since 1951. 

“Are you ready men?”, asks Rev. Len Self as he sets up a face-off in the new Knox pee-wee lacrosse league, which plays triple-headers at Knox Church each Thursday.

 Doug Duncan, 13, of Port McNicoll has an odd playmate in this five-month-old alligator named “Alex”. Lest the residents start fearing for their safety, “Alex” is less than a foot long (as yet) and spends most of his time inside a glass water tank. Doug is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Duncan, who operate a marina at Port. 

Editorial photo entitled; “Derelict Mill at Tanner’s Beach”.

 

 

Huronia Museum – Looking Back 60 Years in North Simcoe – September 16th to 23rd, 1961

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Midland Firm to Build Modern Factory Building

Midland Free Press headline of September 20th, 1961.  J. E. Lawlor, vice-president of Webster-Smallwood Limited, announced yesterday he expected construction of his firm’s new 20,000 square-foot plant in Midland would start today. The new plant, which will house equipment for manufacturing reinforced fiberglass elevator buckets, also will contain general office and large warehouse space, Mr. Lawlor stated. When preliminary plans for the office are expanded, the new building at George and Elizabeth Streets will have a value of approximately $120,000, Mr. Lawlor said. The new one-storey plant, which will face Elizabeth Street, will be the conventional factory type building of concrete foundation and structural steel, with brick facing on the Elizabeth Street side and concrete block tor the remaining three sides. Mr. Lawlor, noted that it would have steel sash and metal pan deck for the roofing to decrease the fire hazard. It will be completely equipped with a sprinkler system. The new plant is to be known as the Webster – Smallwood Building, a division of Webster- Smallwood Limited. Approximately 6,200 square feet of the new building will be used for the manufacture of reinforced fibreglass buckets. This process was started by Webster-Smallwood last May in the Midland Curling rink on a temporary basis. 

    Two boating accidents, which occurred at widely separated points on Georgian Bay over the weekend, killed a St. Catharine’s youth instantly and critically injured a 52-year-old Toronto man. OPP at Victoria Harbour said Robert Gordon Clark, 19, of 130 River Crest Drive, St. Catharines, was killed in a boating accident that occurred near Honey Harbour about 7 p.m. Sunday.   Two Toronto families, with summer cottages on Midland Point figured in the other boating accident which took place Saturday night. Rushed to St. Michael’s Hospital, Toronto, by Midland-Penetang ambulance, Emilio Nosello, 52, underwent a 5 ½ hour operation for critical injuries to the back of his head. Mr. Nosello was a passenger in a boat driven by his nephew, Joseph DeCarli, 16. 

    Fire, started unintentionally by a juvenile in the lane east of King Street, Midland, between Dominion Avenue and Bay Street Monday at 6.51 p.m. caused an estimated $1,200 damage to a garage. The fire started in oil being spread by Miller Paving Company prior to sanding the lane. “A Juvenile started the fire.” Police Chief George Wainman stated yesterday. “He did not do it intentionally. He just picked up a match and lit it and the oil caught fire.” Fire Chief Arnold Tippin, who with Chief Wainman, questioned the juvenile yesterday, said the damage to the west wall of Boyce’s garage was covered by insurance. Chief Tippin said the garage took the brunt of the blaze and only minor damage resulted to telephone and hydro wires. 

    A section of the road along Con. 15 in Tiny Township was transformed into a slaughter house about 6 p.m. Saturday when a  motor vehicle was in collision with a herd of pigs that apparently had escaped out a farm gate. Eight of the herd, owned by Albert Asselin, R.R. 2, Penetang, were killed instantly. OPP at Victoria Harbour said the vehicle was driven by John Pierce, 21, of Enterprise, Ontario. The car was proceeding west on the concession road, into the setting sun. 

    Enrolment at Midland’s three public schools has increased by 24 pupils over last year’s 1,253 total. This was revealed at Midland Public Schools Board meeting Friday night when a total enrolment of 1,277 was reported. The three schools reported totals as follows: Parkview, 378; Regent, 689 and Bayview, 210. 

   Reassessment of the town of Penetang has taken a little  longer than had first been anticipated according to Assessor Willard Duquette. Mr. Duquette said the Ottawa firm doing the job had run into  a number of complicated problems in attempting to straighten out property lines and discover the owners of some lands within the town. One feature of the reassessment is a new numbering system designed by the assessing firm, said Mr. Duquette noting every single property had been given a number. This includes sufficient numbers for building lots on land which have not yet been subdivided, he added. 

    Knocks and boosts came about evenly divided for Midland Parks Commission at its September meeting in the Municipal Building Thursday night. First item on the agenda was a letter, from Mr. & Mrs. Paul DeMeester from RR 2, Blenheim which said Midland’s Little Lake Park was “one of the nicest places we have ever been in.” The DeMeesters had stopped off at the camp for two days on their way home from holidays spent in North Bay. There was also a lengthy letter from Midland Chamber of Commerce, asking the commission to review its $1 admission charge on motor vehicles of non-residents. The letter said the chamber was not criticizing the work of the commission, a non-paid body of men, but felt a review of conditions was needed after a two-year trial of the admission fee. The letter intimated the chamber had received many verbal complaints, and a few written ones, concerning the admission fee. They had been submitted by persons who merely wished to drive through the park.

25 Years Ago
Major J. Wells arrived in Midland to take charge of the local Salvation Army Corps He succeeded Adjutant Hart who had been granted sick leave. • • • Editorial note — Don’t forget to invite your friends back to Midland for the Autumn Glory weeks of October. It is the loveliest time of the year in these parts when all the trees are aflame, touched by the brush of the Master Painter. • • • Members of Calvary Baptist Church, Midland, unanimously extended a call to Dr. L. J. Ruttan of Agawam, Massachusetts, to be their pastor. • • • The annual memorial service at the Waverley monument was attended by 2,000 persons. Rev. W C Stubbs conducted the service at which Rev. G. S. Lloyd of Midland was the principal speaker. • • • The Great Ziegfeld was showing at Midland’s Capitol theatre and the evening price was 35 cents plus five cents tax. • • • Tom Cranston kicking quarterback of the junior rugby team was elected president of the Midland High School Boys Athletic Association with Frank Bray as vice-president. • • Tom Collins, a horse owned by Herb Taylor of Midland, won third money in the $200 purse trotting race at Lindsay fair. • • • G. R. Polkinghorne purchased the Coldwater butcher and grocery business formerly operated by Devine and Letherby. • • • Tiny and Tay Agricultural Society Fall Fair officials reported 300 society memberships had been sold during the fair and gate receipts totalled $722 compared with $283 the year previous. • • • The Midland branch of the Canadian Red Cross Society was campaigning for $650 to carry on their activities. 

        A radiation protection –survey of Simcoe County will begin this week. Ray Atkinson, the County’s civil defence coordinator announced this week. “Purpose of the survey,” Mr. Atkinson said, “Is to determine the buildings in the county where evacuees could be housed in the event of nuclear fall-out after an attack.” The work will begin in Barrie and will be extended to the main centers in the county, Mr. Atkinson stated. “To cover the whole county will be a tremendous job.” Mr. Atkinson stated, “and we may have to ask for help from volunteers and from service clubs in the county to get the work done.” 

There was plenty of activity for wives of delegates to the conference held by Georgian Bay Development Association at Honey Harbour last week. Relaxing following the luncheon Monday were, left to right, Mrs. Gordon Mallion, Tottenham, wife of the GBDA president; Mrs. J. Stevenson, Bracebridge, daughter of the late Franz Johnson; Mrs. Norman Shill, Mrs. W. N. Keefe and Mrs. W. H. Cranston, all of Midland.  

Also at the conference, Mrs. Russell Quick, Trout Creek, the former Kathy Swaile of Victoria Harbour: Mrs. Wm. Child, Midland, and Mrs. Lillian Rutherford, who covered the distaff side of the conference for this paper, relax on the Delawana patio. 

Second annual conference of the Georgian Bay Development Association brought a number of civic dignitaries together at Honey Harbour. Finding out “what’s next on the agenda?” are, front row, Alderman Bill Thompson, Midland, Art Evans, Bradford, MPP for Simcoe Centre, and Gordon Mallion, GBDA president; back row, GBDA general-manager W. N. Keefe and W. H. Cranston, its secretary-treasurer, both of Midland. 

Second annual conference of the Georgian Bay Development Association brought a number of civic dignitaries together at Honey Harbour. This photo: Rev. Wallace Downer, MPP for Dufferin-Simcoe, gets in a lick far his candidacy for the leadership of the Progressive-Conservative party. Left to right are, William Orr, Midland, Mr. Downer, Mayor Willard Kinzie, Barrie, and CKMP’s Bruce Armstrong. 

Fifty years ago, Tom Contois and Delina Charlebois drove to St. Ann’s Church, Penetang, in a horse and buggy to exchange wedding vows. On Saturday, Sept. 16, they did it all over again, this time to St. Margaret’s Church, Midland, on the occasion of their golden wedding anniversary. They had two horses and a democrat this time, driven by Colin Lawson. Their many friends and relatives lent a modern era note by following in cars with the usual horn honking that attends weddings nowadays. 

Happy winner of $15.00 prize on August 28th was Mrs. P. Ducaire, Fox Street, Penetang. Shown here presenting the prize is Miss Bernie Hamelin of Cross Country Stores. Photo contained in an ad for Cross Country Stores. 

Football enters the local sports scene for the first time this season when the MPDHS juniors play host to Collingwood in a game slated to start at 3 p.m. today. Providing protection for quarterback Mike Dubeau are, left to right, Paul Davidson, Jim Dubeau and Dave Hook. 

This is fall fair time in many North Simcoe communities and who knows maybe one of these geese may pop up in the prize list at Midland this week. Even if they don’t, they’ll make a tasty dish on some table come Thanksgiving Day, next month.

 

Work has now begun on the new bridge to span the small river leading out of Black Lake and connecting with the Severn River. Except for a narrow gap, the river was almost closed off by sand fill while the three piers were being built. A new road to the north of the bridge will eventually open up the Burrough’s [sic] Lake area to summer cottagers. 

Welcome sight to most Midlanders was the start made on resurfacing some seven miles of town streets last week. Above one of the trucks is seen giving Gloucester Street a coat of sand over the tar, on the block between Lindsay and William Streets. 

 

Says Sales Pitch Vital in Industrial Promotion 

County Herald headline of September 22, 1961. Not too many industries are going to seek out communities for new factory location. The communities are going to have to sell themselves. So Spencer Kerr, president of Kerr Piping, told the recent Georgian Bay Economic Development Conference at Honey Harbour. His firm recently established itself in the region. 

    Brownies, Girl Guides, Cubs, Boy Scouts, CGIT and Sea Cadets will hold their annual district church parade this Sunday afternoon, Sept 24. This third annual church parade on Youth Sunday will form up at Midland Town Park at 2 p.m. and will parade to 3 o’clock services at Knox Presbyterian Church and St. Margaret’s Church. Service at St. Margaret’s will be conducted by Rev. G. Bean and the service at Knox Presbyterian Church will be led by members of the Midland and District Ministerial  Association. 

    Penetang’s re-activated school patrol, with a total of 41 members, is working out “quite well,” according to Sgt. Marcel Dorion, police officer in charge of the group. Sgt. Dorion said six intersections are being patrolled at the moment and more will be added. He remarked that adults not crossing at the guards is setting a bad example for the youth. 

BIRTHS  
ELLERY – To Mr. and Mrs. Earl Ellery, 72 Elizabeth Street, Midland, at St. Andrews Hospital, Thursday, September 7, 1961, a son.
EVANS — To Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Evans, Victoria Harbour, at St. Andrews Hospital, Tuesday, September 12, 1961, a daughter.
GRISCUKS — To Mr. and Mrs. Victor Griscuks, Port Severn, at St. Andrews Hospital, Friday, September 8, 1961, a daughter.
HILLIARD – To Mr. and Mrs. John M. Hilliard, 209 Charles Street, Midland, at St. Andrews Hospital, Tuesday, Sept. 12, 1961, a son.
MELNICHUK – To Mr. and Mrs. Dave Melnichuk, nee Margaret Lavigne, Toronto, at St. Michael’s Hospital, Tuesday, August 29, 1961, a daughter.
MOSLEY — To Mr. and Mrs. Robert Mosley, RR 1, Wyebridge, at St. Andrews Hospital, Tuesday, September 12, 1961, a son.
QUINN – To Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Quinn, 100 Elizabeth Street, Midland, at St. Andrews Hospital, Friday, September 8, 1961, a son, Bradley. 

    A total of approximately 2,800 persons visited Penetang Chamber of Commerce information booth during the two summer months it was open, according to M. F. Bellehumeur, chairman of the chamber’s tourist and publicity committee. He said the total was very likely a great deal higher than this, since many people came to the booth but failed to sign the register. Addresses of those who did sign, include a half dozen provinces of Canada, and approximately 18 States, with the farthest being California. In addition there was one registration from London, England, Mr. Bellehumeur noted. Enquiries of the visitors ran a gamut of subjects with the great majority asking for accommodation and some of them looking for places they could stay next year, he said.   

Mrs. Marcel Bellehumeur, Chamber of Commerce Secretary, Marcel Bellehumeur, Councillor Hubert Patenaude and Mrs. Patenaude assured Penetang’s representation at the GBDA economic conference at Honey Harbour this week. 

Iowa isn’t the only place where the sunflowers are growing tall this year. Even an English (double) variety dwarfs Miss M. E. Duffett and two small friends in her garden on Midland’s Frederick Street. Girls are Heather and Karen Ireland. 

Interest in calf club work by the boys and girls in district 4-H Clubs has never been higher than it is this year, according to Keith Clay, North Simcoe assistant agrep. Mary Turner of Con. 2, Flos, prepares her entry for the junior beef class at Elmvale fair Tuesday. 

This huge book, with 30 aluminum pages, each measuring four feet by five feet was one of the attractions at the conference staged by Georgian Bay Development Association at Delawana Inn this week. So were models Donna Bush, Gail Carr, Shirley Wallace and Gisela Von Schneideresser (left to right). The girls were a part of the demonstration of “Hair styles for fall” put on as part of the women’s program by Mrs. James Colling of Midland. 

When MPDHS seniors take the field here this afternoon in their first game of the season against Collingwood, coach Doug Swales hopes to get full mileage out of the above five veteran members of his team. Players are Brian Dubeau, Frank Wice, Don Popple, Jerry Reedy and Bill Binkley. The game is slated to start at 3 p.m.

 

Huronia Museum – Looking Back 60 Years in North Simcoe – September 1st to 15th, 1961

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Due to time restraints we will forgo the news portion of our series for the first two weeks of September 1961 and do a pictorial review instead. 

One of the eye-catching displays on view at the Midland Horticultural Society “Festival of Flowers ’61” last week was this huge apartment-style birdhouse for martins. Pretty Marion Allinson of Hamilton gives an idea of the size of the house.


When the Haidee sailed into Midland Tuesday noon with these girls aboard it marked the end of another banner season at Camp Kitchikewana, operated on Beausoleil Island by Midland YMCA for more than 30 years. Many parents were on the dock to whisk the youngsters home—and back to school. 

Winner of the Simcoe County ladies’ golf championship two years ago, Mrs. Cecil English of Midland (left) regained her title in matches played at Midland Golf and Country Club last week. Her losing opponent in the final match was Mrs. Norman Holmes of Orillia. The picture was taken just after Mrs. English closed out the match on the 15th hole. 

Typical of other scenes throughout North Simcoe at this time of year is this picture of farmers threshing crops in a field. The threshing outfit, center background, was hard at work in a field near Wyebridge this week. 

The best rattler is a dead rattler most citizens believe. Here Mrs. Julian Lahey of Penetang displays a 26-inch rattlesnake her husband killed near their cottage on Cognashene Bay. 

Long awaited by Midlander’s especially, the widening of County Road 2 (Vindin Street) between Midland and Highway 27 is now underway. When the road is widened and the curves straightened Midland officials hope it will take care of much of the truck traffic which now travels along King Street. 

Many notable improvements the landscaping have been effected at Martyrs’ Shrine, Midland, in recent years. Now workmen are starting to clear up the shoreline along the Wye River. Picture above shows progress to date. 

Everybody seems pleased with their scores at the official opening of the new Huronia Lanes in Midland Wednesday night. Seated are Mayor Charles Parker, left, and Rev. Len Self; standing, left to right, Alderman Oliver Lesperance, Harley Perkins, representing the firm which installed the new alleys, and Glen Campbell, manager. (Above Campbell Auto Supply in 1961, lately the Rec Room, corner of Third and Bay) 

Midland’s newest recreation center, Brooklea Golf and Country Club, sparkles in the late summer sun. The colorful clubhouse and attractive swimming pool caught the eye of many tourists passing by on adjacent Highway 27 this summer. 

Last Wednesday’s violent wind and rain storm brought this huge maple limb crashing down on the grounds of Georgian Manor in Penetang. The branches fell just short of the big windows in the new section of the building, being rushed to completion. 

This giant sunflower is apparently a gift to Mr. and Mrs. Stan Harman, Russell Street, from the Grosbeaks they feed all winter. In any event Mr. Harman says the 10-foot tall specimen was not planted by human hands. Some of its leaves measure 18 inches across. 

No strangers to Penetang are the new Presbyterian minister, Rev. Alan Ross, and his family. Mr. Ross was a student minister at Penetang before taking his first charge at Assinaboia, Sask. Mrs. Ross served as a nurse in Penetang General Hospital and the two boys, Alexander (Sandy), 3, and Jamie, 1, were born in Penetang. 

For the first time in more than five years, First Presbyterian Church, Penetang, has its own full-time minister. Induction services were held Thursday night for Rev. Alan Ross. Among the clergy taking part were, left to right front row, Rev. Ralph MacKenzie, Duntroon, Mr. Ross, Rev. J. J. Jennings, Meaford; back row, Rev. Charles Carter, Victoria Harbour, and Rev. W. L. Young, Collingwood. 

Umpires and coaches above are ironing out the ground rules prior to the game Thursday night in which Midland Indians eliminated Alliston Braves in the South Simcoe Baseball League semi-finals. Left to right are Bun Deschamp, Midland and Bill Gray, Alliston, coaches; umpires Ted Watson, Barrie, and Bill Gowan and Reg Westbrooke, Creemore. 

This new section of Midland-Penetang District High School relieved much of the crowding of last year when the new term opened Tuesday. The addition is at the rear, west portion of the school, and there’s another one on the east end. 

 W. G. D’Aoust of Penetang, left, explains a new area tourist promotion scheme to Mayor Jerome Gignac of Penetang, centre, and William Orr, president of Midland Chamber of Commerce, at a recent meeting in Barrie, sponsored by the Brewers’ Warehousing Company Limited. In the scheme, an area map and pictures of historic sites and other points of interest are to be featured in displays in Brewers’ Warehouse stores, locally. —Photo by Favero. 

The Huron Roller Mill was built in the late 1800s by George Copeland Sr. The mill was located on the corner of Brock and Main Street, and had the very technologically advanced process of grinding wheat with rollers instead of traditional stones. The mill was able to produce four hundred barrels of flour a day! To find out more about the Huron Roller Mill and the history of Penetanguishene, visit the Penetanguishene Centennial Museum and Archives! (Courtesy PCMA)

Many fine new homes have been built in Elmvale in recent months. These three are located in the southwest corner of the village, near the district high school. A number of others have been built recently in the northwest section. 

Annual field day Sunday wound up another big season for the men’s section of Midland Golf and Country Club. Winners of the four trophies this year, front row, left to right, were Les Barber (Orillia trophy), Lorne Watson (seniors), Doug Haig (club champion), and Bob Cote (Wallace trophy). Runners-up in back row are Ken Tannahill (Orillia trophy), Bill Hack (club championship) and Herb Beauchamp (Wallace trophy). Bill Hack also had low gross on field day, a 68. 

This new addition to Hillsdale Public School was put in use for the first time this week. It contains one large classroom and modern washroom facilities. W. G. Watkins, Elmvale, were the contractor and Carswell and Griesbach the architects.

The British had big plans in store for Penetanguishene in the days when Americans were considered our enemies. Pictured above are the plans, compiled under the instructions of the commanding Royal-Engineer in Canada and drawn by surveyor Nelson Walker in February and March, 1852, to strengthen Fort Penetanguishene, indicated by the shaded areas on the point at right. The triangular and square redoubts, located on the opposite shore, were to provide additional strength. The threat from the U.S. ended and the plans were abandoned. —Photo submitted by Mrs. W. W. Jury.